Attahasa is action drama based on the life of Veerappan. Kishore's superb acting is the main attraction in the film. AMR Ramesh's story, screenplay and dialogues, Sandeep Chowta's music, Vijay Milton's picturisation, beautiful art direction and costumes are its other highlights.
The movie shows AMR Ramesh has done extensive research and lot of homework on Veerappan's life before starting this project. That's why Attahasa looks like a documentary of the forest brigand. He has created a beautiful screenplay and shot the entire film in the forest, where Veerappan was doing his smuggling operations when he was alive.
The movie begins with the story of Veerappan's childhood days and it ends with his death covering all important milestone in his life (Januaray 18, 1952 to October 18, 2004). Lot has earlier been written and shown on TV about his activities. But what makes this movie so special and interesting is AMR's presentation of the subject on screen, which is brilliant.
The first half of Attahasa throws light on Veerappan's alleged killing of elephants and illegal smuggling of ivory and sandalwood. The second half features Rajkumar's kidnap and Karnataka Government's attempt to get him released and nab the forest brigand. The show runs without boring you and AMR Ramesh does it san commercial elements. He has good grip on the narration of the story.
Attahasa has superb performance by lead actors and rich production values. Kishore has done wonderful acting and it will be not exaggeration if it is described as his lifetime performance. He has got into the character of Veerapan. His makeup, body language and diction are simply superb.